This morning we had an awfully early wake up call- i almost slept in due to some late night pool playing at some irish pub in Bordeaux!
Anne, our host at Chateau d’Yquem is animated and full of spirit as she shows us through the grounds. Everything about Chateau d’Yquem is perfect, from the freshly mowed lawns, the impeccable pruned hedges to the dreamy nut trees that surround the magnificent 400 year old Chateau.
Their vineyards are 80m above sea level, close to the Garonne river and protected from oceanic climate by the pine tree forest. The result is high humidity in this micro climate which creates the optimum climate to allow the grapes to develop Noble rot. Noble rot transforms into Grey rot which is the final harvest, a sticky grape that tastes like honey.
With a production of only 10,000 bottles per year for 189 hectares, and only a select group of women who harvest and prune the vines whilst the men plow the land. It’s a lot of time, dedication and skill to make 1 glass of Chateau d’Yquem for every vine. All that word is tasted in each drop of the golden nectar of the 2013 Chateau d’Yquem. Notes of honey, vanilla, caramel, passionfruit, pineapple and dried apricot are a bright bouquet of happiness. The blend is with 75% Semillion and 25% Sauvignon blanc. Priced at 350 Euros per bottle, this is the most delicious and expensive breakfast i’ve ever had. No complaints here!
P.S Check out this nifty website for fun facts: d’Yquem fun facts